School Safety

The Goshen Central School District is committed to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to monitor and study the needs of our schools in order to make necessary changes to ensure everyone’s well-being.

Code of Conduct

The District believes the order and discipline must be a shared responsibility between school,
home and community. This Code of Conduct was developed in collaboration with student,
teacher, administrator and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other board
approved school personnel. Learn more about the Code of Conduct.

The New York State Dignity for All Students Act

The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA or Dignity Act) went into effect on July 1, 2012, in order to further support students within a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying. Learn more about DASA.

Project SAVE (Schools Against Violence in Education)

In 2000, New York enacted the most comprehensive legislative plan in the nation to govern safety and orderliness within New York State schools with the goal of improving school safety in every school to ensure that students are focused on meeting the high academic standards rather than on personal safety. Learn more about Project SAVE.

Safety practices at Goshen Schools

  • Identification badges are provided and required for all school employees, visitors and substitutes.
  • Fingerprinting and background checks are completed for all prospective employees.
  • The exterior doors of our four schools are kept locked throughout the school day.
  • A single point of entry is required for our schools. Students, staff and visitors must enter and exit through the front doors/greeter stations only.
  • At Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School, Goshen Intermediate School and the C. J. Hooker Middle School, visitors must show identification and sign in at the greeter station before being “buzzed in” to the building during school hours.
  • At Goshen High School, visitors must show identification and sign in with the school’s student supervisors when they enter the school, adjacent to the main office. Goshen High School will soon receive a security a new security vestibule at the main entrance where visitors are screened and “buzzed in” before gaining access into the building during school hours. Learn more about the new security vestibule.
  • Building administrators are able to view video surveillance by connecting to the district’s security camera system over our local area network.
  • Our schools actively practice emergency drills in case of a fire, tornado, lockdown or other emergency situation.
  • District officials work closely with the Goshen Police Department to ensure the safety of our students.